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Buy/Manufacture Recycled Publications

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WasteWise Tip Sheet: Buying or Manufacturing Recycled Products (PDF) (4 pp, 209K) | Text Version (text file) (10K)
Describes how these activities fit into the WasteWise program, defines the term ‘recycled content,’ and lists some common products that are available with recycled content.

Buy-Recycled Questions and Answers
Answers some frequently asked questions regarding the purchase of recycled content products.


The Official Recycled Products Guide
This directory lists manufacturers and distributors for more than 5,000 recycled products. For more information, contact the Recycling Data Management Corp., P.O. Box 577, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Phone: (800) 267-0707.

Buy-Recycled Training Manual
Provides general information on developing a buy-recycled program. Contact: Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority, 25 S. Charles St., Suite 2105, Baltimore, MD 21201. Phone: (410) 333-2730.

Buy Recycled Guidebook
This guidebook, developed by the Buy Recycled Business Alliance, is designed to help companies begin or expand a recycled products purchasing program. It includes sample policy statements and notice for vendors as well as resources. To order, contact the WasteWise Helpline at: (800) EPA-WISE.

Recycled Products Business Letter
This periodical reviews current topics related to purchasing recycled products. Subscriptions include the annual directory of recycled products directories. To order, contact: Alan Orloff, 11906 Paradise Lane, Herndon, VA. 22071. Phone: (703) 758-8436.


2007 Buy-Recycled Series: Paper Products (PDF) (8 pp, 342K)
Recommends recycled-content levels for government purchasing and includes a resource list.

National Office Paper Recycling Project
The National Office Paper Recycling Project maintains a list of recycled-content paper producers and has published several guidebooks on setting up and promoting office buy-recycled and recycling programs. For more information, contact the National Office Paper Recycling Project, 1620 Eye St., NW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006. Phone: (202) 223-3088. Fax: (202) 429-0422.

Jaakko Poyry Recycled Gradefinder
This quarterly publication provides a comprehensive, up-to-date directory of almost 1,000 brands of recycled-content paper. Entries include brand name, manufacturer, grade, postconsumer content, brightness, and basis weights. The entries are organized alphabetically by brand name, manufacturer or distributor, and grade. A one-year subscription costs $90. To order, contact Ronni Schram, Jaakko Poyry Consulting, Inc., 580 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591-5183. Phone: (800) 872-5792. Fax: (914) 332-4411.

Guide to Purchasing and Using Recycled Content Paper
This guide includes grades, brand names, and specifications as well as paper merchants and vendors. To order, contact Recycled Pulp and Paper Coalition, 241 Dechert Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406. Phone: (800) 845-3207.

Non-Paper Office Products

2007 Buy-Recycled Series: Non-Paper Office Products (PDF) (6 pp, 316K)
Recommends recycled-content levels for government purchasing and includes a resource list.

Resource Guide to Business Products Manufacturers’ Recycling Products and Program
Provides information on how to purchase recycled-content office products. The guide costs $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers. To obtain a copy, contact the Business Products Industry Association (BPIA), 301 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Phone: (800) 542-6672 or (703) 549-9040.


Recycled Plastic Products Source Book
Provides information on various recycled-content plastic products. Contact American Plastics Council, 1275 K Street, NW., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005. Phone: (800) 2-HELP-90.

Directory of Companies Manufacturing Products from Recycled Vinyl
Contains listings for companies manufacturing products from recycled vinyl. Contact Vinyl Environmental Resource Center, One Cascade Plaza 19th floor, Akron, OH. 44308-1121. Phone: (800) 969-8469. Fax: (330) 376-9379

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Construction and Landscaping

2007 Buy-Recycled Series: Construction Products (PDF) (9 pp, 361K)
Recommends recycled-content levels for government purchasing and includes a resource list.

Construction Products Containing Recovered Materials
This list includes construction products containing recovered materials.

2007 Buy-Recycled Series: Landscaping Products (PDF) (7 pp, 405K)
Recommends recycled-content levels for government purchasing and includes a resource list.

Landscaping Products Containing Recovered Materials
List manufactures and suppliers of landscaping products made with recycled content.

The Harris Directory
This computer database for Windows lists construction products made with recovered materials in a Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) format. Contact Ms. B.J. Harris, 508 Jose Street #913, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1855. Phone: (505) 995-0337. Fax: (505) 820-1911.

The Green Pages: The Contract Interior Designer’s Guide to Environmentally Responsible Products and Materials
Contact: Andrew Fuston, 45 East 25th St., 8th floor, New York, NY 10006-2003. Phone: (212) 779-3365.

A Guide to Resource Efficient Building Elements
In addition to tips on efficient design and job-site recycling, this guide lists several manufacturers that make products using recovered materials. Contact: Center for Resourceful Building Technology, PO Box 100, Missoula, MT 59806. Phone: (406) 549-7678.

Building for Tomorrow: Buy Recycled Guidebook for the Commercial Construction Industry
This booklet describes construction materials available with recycled content and includes a resource list. Contact: Buy Recycled Business Alliance, 1727 King St., Suite 105, Alexandria, VA 22314. Phone: (703) 683-9025.

Environmental Building News
This bimonthly newsletter on environmentally sustainable design and construction includes articles on new products and materials, technologies, and construction methods. Contact: RR 1 Box 161, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Phone: (802) 257-7300. E-mail: ebn@ebuild.com.

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Transportation Products Containing Recovered Materials
June 1995; EPA530-B-95-006
Lists manufacturers and suppliers of traffic cones and barricades containing recovered materials.

2007 Buy-Recycled Series: Transportation Products (PDF) (6 pp, 336K)
Recommends recycled-content levels for government purchasing and includes a resource list.

Parks and Recreation

2007 Buy-Recycled Series: Park and Recreation Products (PDF) (6 pp, 343K)
Recommends recycled-content levels for government purchasing and includes a resource list.

Parks and Recreation Products Containing Recovered Materials
June 1995; EPA530-B-95-007
Lists manufacturers and suppliers of playground surfaces and running tracks containing recovered materials.

Recycled Rubber Products Catalog
This catalog lists products manufactured from recovered rubber and provides information on how to obtain them. For more information, contact the Scrap Tire Management Council, 1400 K Street, NW., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005. Phone: (202) 682-4880. Fax: (202) 682-4854.

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2007 Buy-Recycled Series: Vehicular Products (8 pp, 456K)
Recommends recycled-content levels for government purchasing and includes a resource list.

List of Manufacturers and Suppliers of Vehicular Products Containing Recovered Materials
This list has been prepared to assist customers interested in purchasing vehicular products containing recovered materials.

Environmental Fact Sheet—Purchasing and Maintaining Retread Passenger Tires
This fact sheet provides information on waste prevention, proper tire maintenance, and tire retreading for fleet managers and vehicle operators.

Contact the Buy Recycled Campaign for automobile manufacturers’ warranty statements on the use of re-refined oil. Also available are fact sheets on purchasing re-refined oil and retreaded tires. Call the Buy Recycled Training Institute, 1620 Eye Street, NW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006. Phone: (202) 293-7330. Fax: (202) 429-0422.


1995 Council for Textile Recycling Buyers Guide and Directory
Lists contact information for companies that make products from recycled textiles. Contact: Council for Textile Recycling, 7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 1212, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone: (301) 718-0671.

The WasteWise Helpline at (800) EPA-WISE has additional resources available. These resources include:

State Buy-Recycled Contacts. The Helpline can refer you to a contact in your state. We also have information on a number of state directories.

Corporate Policy Statements. We have sample policy statements from other WasteWise partners.

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